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Corrective Jaw Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons perform orthognathic (jaw) surgery to correct a wide range of facial and dental problems, including misaligned jaws and occlusion (bite) problems that can result in difficulties with breathing, speaking and chewing. Also, since orthognathic surgery is designed to bring the jaws and facial profile into balance, it can also have an appreciable effect on the patient’s appearance.

Some conditions which may suggest a need for orthognathic surgery include:

  • Difficulty biting, chewing or swallowing
  • Pain in the jaw joints, or TMJ
  • Excessive wearing down of the teeth
  • Chronic headaches or migraines
  • Pen bites or other dental abnormalities
  • Unbalanced facial profile (from the front or side)
  • A significantly receding or protruding chin
  • Inability (or difficulties) having lips meet
  • Sleep apnea
  • Dry mouth and chronic mouth breathing